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A Fort Myers Beach Resident Finds Coast Chiropractic Centers On A Google Search For A Chiropractor Near Me And Calls Dr. Tim Harcourt To Find Out If the Neck Can Cause Low Back Pain

Nov 19, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

For most of us, when we hurt the low back while lifting, the pain starts at the lower spine. It’s usually not a difficult connection to make—that if it’s the low back that is strained, it is the low back that is injured. But in some cases, back pain seems to creep up or come out of nowhere. Sometimes you wake up with the pain and there was no trauma at all. In these cases, it is even more important to examine the entire spine for the cause of the problem.

The nervous system is enclosed within the bony spinal column and skull. Nerve signals travel from the brain to all distant areas of the body: to organs, muscles, etc. All of these nerves pass through the neck region, even the nerves to the legs. This is why an injury that affects the neck can have ramifications in the areas below. The nervous system is a communication link from brain to tissue, and when the nerve is pinched or irritated, there can be a break or miscommunication in the signal.

Most of us are aware that a person can become paralyzed from a bad neck injury, such as a fracture. But what is less well known is that minor sprains of the neck can have an effect on muscle tension and pain in the low back. Some chiropractic techniques specialize in only adjusting the upper portion of the neck because this area can have a profound effect on the entire body.

How neck problems can affect the low back is not well understood and is being researched. Some theories are that neck problems tend to cause changes in balance. People tend to sway a bit more when neck problems, such as whiplash, are present. Perhaps this lack of coordination of the muscles leads to poor recruitment of muscles when we lift.

Another theory is that if nerves are initially irritated at the top of the neck, they become more susceptible to pinch or irritation at other more distant regions of the spine. The spinal cord is also attached to the upper neck vertebrae. If twisting of the upper neck bones occurs, this can pull on the attachments which link to the cord. Disk protrusions in the neck can also compress the front of the cord, sometimes causing symptoms into the arms or legs.

A thorough examination by a doctor of chiropractic will determine if your low back condition is coming from a neck injury. 

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back.”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.  So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities.

If you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need. 

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